Exposing What’s Hidden Beneath the Surface

The world is loaded with some really diverse features. These features play an instrumental role in giving our experiences a meaningful shape, therefore helping us get on with our progression in the best possible manner. Now, when you have such a dynamic in place, it’s fair to at least expect equitable opportunities across the board, but if we look at the reality, that hasn’t quite been the case. Instead, human tendency to want an upper-hand in everything has molded the said setup into something very lopsided, and in all honesty, dangerous beyond anyone’s understanding. To mitigate this risk, the world will put-together a concept of dedicated regulation. Our intention behind the move was seemingly inspired by a growing need to protect the judiciousness of all sectors out there, and under some capacity, we did achieve it. However, it didn’t come without some hiccups along the way. You see, governing freedom-oriented human beings was never going to be easy, and as soon as they got a weapon like technology up their sleeve, the gap between them and the regulatory bodies became impossibly big. The results were, of course, devastating, except we are finally witnessing a shift in the tide. As tech knowhow continues on an upwards trajectory, it’s getting increasingly tricky for companies to bypass rules, and TikTok just learned that the hard way.

According to a report from Protocol, TikTok’s brand-new Live Studio app is deliberately violating the Open Broadcaster Software licensing requirements. The violation was revealed rather sensationally after a programmer posted screenshots of Live Studio’s code on Twitter. These pictures were placed alongside a claim of the app being in “an illegal fork of OBS”. Furthermore, the programmer accused TikTok of slapping its own user interface on top. Once the initial revelations were made, another user pointed out TikTok’s failure in abiding with the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2, which mandates every platform to make the source code publically available. If the situation doesn’t change, OBS could be well-positioned to take a legal action against TikTok.

: “We have a commitment to dealing with GPL violations in good faith, and in the case of TikTok/ByteDance we would be happy to have a friendly working relationship with them as long as they comply with the license,” said business developer for OBS, Ben Torell, in response to the disclosure.

TikTok isn’t the first company to get into a dogfight with OBS. Only recently we saw Donald Trump’s social media platform, Truth Social also facing similar accusations.

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